Richard Freeman’s guest this week is Fiona Broadfoot.
Fiona is a survivor of child sexual exploitation, having been forced into prostitution at the age of 15. Fiona spent 11 years entrenched in the violent world of the sex trade and since escaping has worked to raise awareness of the harm it causes to young people and their families.
1998, Fiona was the recipient of the first Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize for her work founding EXIT, supporting young women to leave the sex trade which led to research work at the UK Home Office.
In March 2016, Fiona was accepted into the School for Social Entrepreneurs, where she began to develop her idea for the Build a Girl Project, a survivor-led social enterprise working with young women to help them build a strong sense of self, make safe and informed choices, and form healthy relationships.
She won the NWG Unsung Hero Diamond Award for her work in 2017 and in March 2018, Fiona and two other women won a landmark legal case to no longer have to disclose their convictions for soliciting – a potentially life-changing decision that will give infinitely more opportunity for women leaving sex work. However, the government appealed, and we discuss this case in our conversation.
Fiona has spoken all over the world, including the UN in New York and in September 2018, she was named as one of NESTA and The Observer’s New Radicals – the UK’s radical thinking individuals and organisations that are genuinely changing our world for the better.
Build A Girl Project crowdfunder
The Guardian on Fiona’s courtcase
Fiona on Twitter
Fiona, the New Radical
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